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Grizzly bears, black bears, wolves, coyotes, cougars/ mountain lions,bobcats, wolverines, lynx, foxes, fishers and martens are the suite of carnivores that originally inhabited North America after the Pleistocene extinctions. This site invites research, commentary, point/counterpoint on that suite of native animals (predator and prey) that inhabited The Americas circa 1500-at the initial point of European exploration and subsequent colonization. Landscape ecology, journal accounts of explorers and frontiersmen, genetic evaluations of museum animals, peer reviewed 20th and 21st century research on various aspects of our "Wild America" as well as subjective commentary from expert and layman alike. All of the above being revealed and discussed with the underlying goal of one day seeing our Continent rewilded.....Where big enough swaths of open space exist with connective corridors to other large forest, meadow, mountain, valley, prairie, desert and chaparral wildlands.....Thereby enabling all of our historic fauna, including man, to live in a sustainable and healthy environment. - Blogger Rick

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

COUGAR REWILDING'S Chris Spatz advising on an excellent new book by Will Stolzenburg detailing "the extraordinary saga of one wild mountain lion’s two-thousand-mile journey from the American West to the Atlantic Coast".................."Late one June night in 2011, an SUV collided with a large animal on a Connecticut parkway, a creature appearing as something out of New England’s forgotten past".............. "Beside the road lay a 140-pound mountain lion"............. "Speculations ran wild, figuring the lion as somebody’s exotic pet turned loose, or perhaps a ghostly survivor from a bygone century when lions last roamed the eastern United States"............. "But facts even more fantastic soon unfolded"................. "The lion was just three years old, a barely weaned teenager with a trail reaching back through two thousand miles of hostile terrain to the Black Hills of South Dakota"............. "It was the farthest landbound trek ever recorded for a wild animal in America"................. "Here is the story of the lion’s two-year journey—from his embattled birthplace in the Black Hills, across the Great Plains and the Mississippi River, through Midwest metropolises and remote northern forests, to his tragic finale upon Connecticut’s Gold Coast".............. "Along the way, the lion traverses land with people gunning for his kind, as well as those championing his cause"................. "Heart of Lion is a romantic tragedy, a hero’s quest, with a background lens focused upon the ambivalent nation of people this lone cat traversed"................ "As to whether the take-home is one of hope or despair"-----You decide for yourself----Order your copy of HEART OF A LION on or barnes&, or other fine bookselling outlets

Click on this link for an excerpt.
 click on this link to listen to:Tulsa, OK NPR.
 Will Stolzenburg has written hundreds of magazine
 articles about the 
science and spirit of saving wild creatures. A 2010
 Alicia Patterson
 Journalism Fellow, he is also the author of the book
 Where the Wild Things Were and the screenwriter
 for the documentary
 Lords of Nature: Life in a Land of Great Predators.


Heart of a Lion

1 comment:

swjags said...

The book is outstanding and should be read by all those concerned about our native predators! Bravo, Will!